The anticipated aftermath of last May's provincial election has now begun.
BC NDP leader Adrian Dix announced his resignation as leader on Wednesday, four months after seeing what most predicted a sure-fire win turn into a shocking defeat.
And while Dix's resignation was just registered, speculation has turned to who would contest the leadership - and to the runnerup in the last leader race.
Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth, who said now he is "seriously considering" going for the leadership job, although it's too early to make a firm decision.
"I feel the next leader has to capture the hearts and minds of the people, and to truly lead this great province," he said. "What I'm thinking right now is if I'm that person."
Farnworth confirmed he has been speaking with colleagues and members of the party about his potential bid for leadership, but with a leadership convention likely not in the offing until still has yet to decide.
In downtown Vancouver Dix told media the loss to the Liberals in May was his responsibility and it was time for him to leave his role.
"It has become clear to me that the best interests of our party mean I need to step aside for a new leader, who can lead us to victory in 2017," he said at the news conference.
Dix also announced Wednesday he will stay on as MLA for Vancouver-Kingsway, where he was successfully voted in last May.
Prior to the provincial election in May, public polling predicted a victory for Adrian Dix and the NDP. However, the B.C. Liberals came back and actually gained five more seats, putting them up to 50, than what they had before the election. Critics have since argued the NDP played too nice in their campaign, while others pointed to low voter turnout, particularly among the younger crowd, to be responsible. The NDP are expected to meet in the coming months to vote on their new leader. Dix will remain leader in the interim.
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